My Blog is 2!
To celebrate here's a past image I created for McDivot's birthday celebration (for iOS devices).
This features Sandy Mulligan, Gutsy McDivot, Burnie Worm and the Grey Hares (their first appearance).
McDivot is actually pushing 5-years-old since he first appeared in the PC/Mac version of Fairway Solitaire.
I really, really know this little guy so well and I lo-o-o-o-ove working with him. Sometimes I still discover something new about him as he and I both develop in a creative sense.
He's been the best thing to happen to me in my career.
Oh, I should start hashtagging!
#McDivot #Burnie #Sandy #fairwaysolitaire
This is one piece that evolved from a Pirate Sandy VS Moby Dick theme to a Sandy VS a Kraken theme. I was so frustrated with all the changes I made as I worked on it that it took me about three weeks post-completion to finally feel like I can now enjoy it. I see things I would have liked to have changed but time was an issue.
While I miss the whale and the fleet of fleeing ships I intended I do admit it's now a better piece. Stupid irony.
Here is a "Singing in the Rain" parody from our Musicals tribute.
I tried to be very true to the scene by mimicking the set and props. I got a lot of great feedback and critiques as I worked on this one.
Like any artist I look at an older piece and see flaws. I had meant to add some more blurry splashes among other things. It's getting to where I sometimes hate looking at my previous pieces because I see stuff I shoulda done.
My normal and still preferred art style is with ink and paint. Currently I use Photoshop but I do miss my Windsor Newton Series 7 #2 watercolor brush. Since I use the computer due to ergonomic reasons it might be hard for me to go back to traditional methods but it's where I hones these inking skills.
Painting is not my forte. It never was but I have great admiration for painters. So I thought I'd try my hand at some digital paint. This is my first successful painted piece in a very long time and I have to say I enjoyed it! I think it's only a matter of time before I got so comfortable with it that I'll fall in love with it.
But my first art-love is still ink and paint.
So here is my "Godfather" parody piece, the "Gophather".
But why not boast about the time I did win an award. It's
on my resume after all.
I won the 2002 "Golden Toonie", or the
"Cartoonist of the Year Award" from Cartoonists Northwest.
I've been a member of this group for so long I can't even
remember how long it's been. 25 years sounds about right. I give them full
credit for getting me my first proper freelance job (contracting to you
multimedia working millennials). It was a T-shirt designing job. Low pay but
In 2002 I was working as a video game artist. After some
work on a Harry Potter game among other titles the fabulous group was kind
enough to award me the honor and I am truly grateful. It put me in some stellar
company of artists too if you check the list of past winners including
"Bloom County's" Berkeley Breathed, 2-time Pulitzer Prize winning
editorial cartoonist David Horsey, Steve Greenberg, Brain Basset, Lynn Johnston
the creator of "For Better or Worse" and John "Last Kiss/Donald
Duck" Lustig. Not to mention Peter Bagge, Jim Woodring and Donna Barr.
It's quite humbling.
Not humbling enough not to mention it at least once :)